Recruiter Insight: Top 3 reasons your employees want to move jobs

I read this week that 4.5 million people are going to move jobs this year. As a recruiter, the foundation of my job is to speak to people who are looking to move jobs every day, an even I thought “wow, that seems like a lot”. So how do we stop this from happening, how can we retain our staff? Here are the top 3 reasons I hear from candidates about why they want to move…

1. “There’s no progression”

This can manifest itself in many forms. In smaller organisations this could mean having a clear training plan if there isn’t any room to move upwards and this could help employees feel valued and give them the appetite to do better in their roles. In larger organisations it would be a good idea to have a clear progression plan in place but ensuring you have ways to achieve this progression alongside. This ensures the employee knows it is obtainable and how to get there.

2. “I’m not being paid enough”

This is a tricky one, as sometimes internal rules or there simply not being enough money, means that a pay rise really is out of the question. However, if the money is there then my suggestion would be to put a plan in place outlining how a pay rise can be achieved. How this can be achieved and the dates for their next reviews need to be made clear. Unless of course, you are underpaying your employee, in which case a pay rise will work out a lot cheaper than replacing them!

3. “I’m too stressed at work”

Employee well being is of huge importance. Consider having a flexible working initiative in place, make sure everybody is taking a lunch break – or even when you see somebody having a bad day just take them for a coffee. Being human in these situations will help greatly and make employees feel appreciated and less stressed!
How has your company retained staff? Or what’s important to you in a company? I would love to hear your thoughts…

Blog written by: Jade Lough, HR Recruitment Consultant at Williams Kent Ltd
9th May 2018

 

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